Translation: Hanna Niemi
Photos: Samuli Huttunen
The judges of the international competition praised the high quality of the competing films. The jury consisted of the Swedish Thom Palmen, the Russian-Norwegian Pjotr Sapegin, the Finnish Erja Dammert, the Pakistani Maheen Zia and the Brazilian Francisco Cesar Filho.
The Grand Prix of Tampere Film Festival has gone for the first time to an experimental film. The award was handed to Jean-Gabriel Periot for his film Even if she had been a criminal.... The film depicts the summer of 1944 in France when women are punished publicly for having affairs with Germans during the war. According to the judges, the film attests to the fact that not even heroes show grace to those seeking forgiveness.
In the category of Finnish films under 30 minutes, the Grand Prix went to Miia Tervo’s documentary Hylje (A Seal), which is a story about abortion. The judges praised the documentary’s sensitive and non-problem-oriented approach to the subject and applauded its fresh and effortless narration.
The Finnish judges Kari Juusonen, Kirsi Kinnunen and Johanna Vuoksenmaa found many excellent documentaries from the competition.
The success of documentary films can not necessarily be explained simply by their superiority in comparison to other films, but also by their larger offer. In fact, the judges of the Finnish competition voiced their regret for the lack of short films, especially fictions.
– Where are all the professional producers of short films? Demands Kirsi Kinnunen, one of the judges of the Finnish competition.
– Animation is advancing onward and upward. The development in education in the field can already be seen in productions, says Kari Juusonen, one of the judges of the Finnish competition.
The film is a story about closing down the Voikkaa paper mill and the repercussions that ensued.
– The numbers in the headlines about closing down the mill get such identifiable faces that it is difficult to be indifferent to any shutdown news after watching this, the jury explains its choice.
– I saw bad films, too. The kinds I didn’t like at all, Palmen chuckles.
The judges all sing the praises of the fruitful conversations they have been able to take part in during the film festival. They assure they chose the winners unanimously.
Updated 12 March 2006 16:53